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Outing: Disability, Inclusion, and Community Life: A Conversation in San Francisco

  • Google Community Space 188 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94105 (map)

On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that the segregation of people with disabilities is discrimination, and that people with disabilities have the right to live, work, and thrive in the community. Approaching the 20th anniversary of this monumental decision, we can point to progress and success—but there is still work to be done and conversations to be had.

Come join The Kelsey and Bay Area disability rights leaders Alice Wong, Leroy Moore, John Marble, and Micaela Connery to learn what's working, what's needed, and how you can promote inclusion where you live, work, and play.

They will serve light bites, and beer and wine.

Please reach out to Lindsay at lindsay@thekelsey.org with any questions or accomodations requests. We look forward to seeing you there!

Meet the Panelists

Alice Wong: Alice is a media maker, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco, CA. She is the Founder of the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), an online community dedicated to creating, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture. Alice is also a co-partner of #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with Gregg Beratan and Andrew Pulrang. Alice is the editor of an upcoming anthology of essays by disabled people, Disability Visibility, coming out summer 2020 by Vintage Books.

You can find Alice on Twitter @SFdirewolf and @DisVisibility or https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/

Leroy F. Moore Jr.: Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. Since the 1990s, has written the column "Illin-N-Chillin" for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. Leroy has started and helped started organizations like Disability Advocates of Minorities Organiztion to Sins Invalid to Krip-Hop Nation. His cultural work includes film documentary, Where Is Hope, Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities, spoken-word CDs, poetry books and children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 published by Xochitl Justice Press. His upcoming graphic novel, Krip-Hop Graphic Novel Issue 1: Brown Disabled Young Woman Super Hereo Brings Disability Justice to Hip- Hop will be publish by Poor Press 2019. Moore has traveled internationally networking with other disabled activists and artists. More has wrote, sang and collaborated to do music videos on Black disabled men.

You can find Leory on Twitter @kriphopnation or www.kriphopnation.com

John Marble: From working in warehouses to inside the White House, John is someone who constantly questions and explores how we can improve systems in order to create better products, policy, and outcomes. John is passionate about research, innovation, diversity, and communicating complex ideas in a way that is easily understood by stakeholders and the public. From researching anti-poaching efforts alongside park rangers in the eastern Congo to being shipwrecked on an island for three days, he's also a bit of an adventurer. His curiosity and love of research has taken him around the world to better understand conflict resolution and disparate societies. John began his career as a journalist before transitioning into communications, research, and strategy. For most of the past eight years, he has served as a White House Presidential Appointee in the administration of President Barack Obama. There, he used his skills to identify patterns and problems on workforce and diversity issues as well as their solutions.

He is a Co-Founder of the Autism Advantage program which recruits, trains, places, and supports autistic talent in the technology sector and beyond. He is autistic.

You can find John on Twitter @JHMarble or www.pivotdiversity.com

Micaela Connery: Inspired by her cousin Kelsey, Micaela has worked on inclusion in communities her entire life. She has seen firsthand the housing shortage adults with developmental disabilities and their families face. She is CEO and Founder of The Kelsey, which exists to turn the challenge of disability housing into the opportunity of an inclusive community. The Kelsey is developing a fully inclusive mixed ability, mixed income community in San Jose with $11 million in city funding committed, are a finalist for a second site in San Francisco, and received seed funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support its organizing, advocacy, and community building efforts across the Bay Area.

Prior to The Kelsey, Micaela was the Founder and CEO of Unified Theater.

You can find Micaela on Twitter @MicaelaConnery and www.thekelsey.org